#19 Peter Blom

Peter Blom
  • Sector: Finance
  • Residence: Holland

Born in the Netherlands, Blom, 58, is the CEO of Triodos, one of the world’s most successful ethical banks. The Dutch bank’s approach turns on its head the modus operandi of most financial institutions. Profitability is embraced only as a yardstick of sustainable goals.

Instead, Triodos first considers whether an activity contributes to sustainability. Only if it passes this test, can it receive financial backing. Blom also chairs the Organic Food and Agricultural Council of the Netherlands.